Friday, 24 December 2010

How Odin Became Santa Claus

The story begins in the northern regions of Europe where the supreme god Odin, also known as Wodan among the German tribes, reigned. (He still lives among us in Wednesday, which is Wodan’s day).

Odin/Wodan was the god of wisdom, magick and occult knowledge, runes, poetry and war. His name means “the inspired one”. Like a shaman he could travel in other worlds to gather more insight while his two black ravens Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory) kept him informed about the news in the world. Odin was depicted as a tall, old man with a white beard and wearing a cloak. He rode the skies and the seas on his fast white horse Sleipnir with his 8 (the number of transformation) legs, while carrying his never missing spear Gungnir (clear and focused intent) in his hand.

He had one eye, for he had offered the other eye in exchange for gathering wisdom at the well of the head Mimir (Norse representation of the Source) and with that he became a shapeshifter, able of seeing in the outward world with his normal eye and understanding the inward worlds with his black, removed, eye.

Odin trained many men and women as warriors for the final battle against the forces of destruction in the underworld at Ragnarok (the Norse judgement day). His fearless warriors often painted their bodies black and fought in the middle of the night.

Odin is a mythical representation of goodness with his wisdom, white beard and white horse (in New Age terms we would depict him as ‘white divine light’). And he is wise enough to understand that ‘black’ is not similar to ‘dark’ in the sense of ‘evil and taboo’ for his helpers are black ravens and black (spiritual) warriors.

(So now we have a wise, good man performing magick/miracles with a white horse riding the skies, a white beard, a cloak, a spear and black advisors/informers/helpers and he is also god of poetry).

Next we go to the Roman empire where between December 17 and 24 the pagan Saturnalia were celebrated, big feasts with a lot of merrymaking, dancing, gambling, sensuality and the exchange of gifts. This festival was meant to celebrate the return of the sun on the shortest days of the year and to counteract the depression due to lack of sunlight.

(Here we find December celebrations with gifts.)

Time goes by. Christianity develops itself.

In the 4th century in Myra, Turkey, a Christian bishop named Nicholas lived with a great reputation for goodness, benevolence and performing miracles for the poor and unhappy. He miraculously supplied gold to three (number of manifestation) girls as marriage dowries so they did not have to become prostitutes and he brought three children back to life who had been chopped by a butcher.

It is not difficult to understand that during the poverty of the Middle Ages (also called Dark Ages) this bishop became extremely popular as Saint Nicholas in all parts of Europe. His feastday, it was said to be his birthday, was December 5 or 6, nobody knows. There is no historical evidence however for the true existence of this saint.

(So now we see a benevolent, miracle performing bishop with a white dress and a red cloak.)

After the Reformation Saint Nicholas became forgotten in all the protestant countries of Europe except Holland.

There he became Sinterklaas; a kind and wise old man with a white beard, white dress, red cloak, a crosier and riding the skies and roofs of the houses on his white horse, accompanied by his Black Jacks.

Sinterklaas will visit you on his birthday December 5 or 6 and donate gifts. His Black Jacks have miraculously gathered information about your behavior during the last year; if it were good you will now be rewarded with presents, if it were bad you will be punished by the Black Jacks who will beat you with their rods or even worse: put you in a big bag and take you with to Spain, said to be the residence of Sinterklaas.

In the 17th century Dutchmen emigrated to Northern America and brought their tradition of Sinterklaas with. In the new English speaking world the name changed into Santa Claus.

In 1930 a designer for the Coca-Cola Company was asked to draw attractive advertisements for this drink that did not sell well in wintertime. He had to use the company colors red and white and create some cosy type. He remembered the Dutch Santa Claus with his white dress, red cloak, long white beard, kindness and benevolence. The eight-legged horse was replaced for eight flying reindeer. A punishing Black Jack was inappropriate in this concept, so he disappeared.

This new Santa Claus became a big hit. He became so popular that right now in Europe he is serious competition for Sinterklaas.

The above is a shortened version of a wonderful aricle taken from

Yuletide Greetings to all readers of the Morley Patriot Blog. Thank you all for your continued support!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Animal Welfare Letter

The following letter was printed in this week's Morley paper:

Well done for action

I am sure that Morley residents will join me in welcoming the news that one of the big supermarkets with a presence in our town has agreed for CCTV to be introduced into all slaughterhouses that supply their meat, following research that uncovered horrific conditions in some of Britain's slaughterhouses.

The decision of Morrisons to take this action and to allow independent monitoring of the footage is an important step in the right direction. This will help to give local consumers the ability to mimimise the risk of buying meat from slaughterhouses that allow their animals to suffer unnecessary pain, distress and cruelty.

I hope very much that other supermarkets with stores in this area, including ASDA and Sainsburys, will follow the good example set by Morrisons. I have written to these and other companies asking for them to take action and I would encourage others who care about this issue to do likewise.

Chris Beverley
East Ardsley

Monday, 20 December 2010

2010 Salem Demonstration Film

Here is a video featuring highlights from last week's Salem demonstration in Sweden.

The film includes English-language speeches by courageous British National Party lecturer Tony Bamber and the leader of the NPD group in the Regional Parliament of Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Udo Pastörs.

Friday, 17 December 2010

A Christmas Party in Morley

Pictured: Drawing the Raffle!

This afternoon I was privileged to attend a very pleasant Christmas party held in Lewisham Park in Morley. The celebrations were organised by the Churwell New Ventures community group, which, despite its name, has moved from Churwell and is now actually based in the centre in Lewisham Park. This group provides a drop in centre for local elderly and vulnerable residents, and organises trips away and other such activities.

I provided funding for the group when I was a councillor, which paid for, among other things, a trip to Blackpool, and Andrew Brons has also provided the group with funding from his community fund (made up of a 10% contribution from his gross salary) to help pay for a new mini-bus.

We were both invited today along with a couple of other volunteers. Andrew was returning from Strasbourg amid atrocious conditions (mainly on the French side of the channel) and despite having to make an unscheduled overnight stop in southern England last night he managed to make it to the party.

Churwell New Ventures provides a very valuable service to our local community and both Andrew and I will continue to give it our full support.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Labour are to Blame in Ardsley and Robin Hood Ward

Pictured: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

The following letter appeared in this week's Morley paper and I thought I would reproduce it here as it serves as a good follow up to the letter on this same subject that I published a couple of weeks ago.

Stewart McArdle and I were briefly on Leeds City Council at the same time and I always had a great deal of respect for the work he did, even before he left the Morley Borough Independents. I always found him to be a civilised and decent human being, and I guess in the end that was probably the reason why he didn't feel at home with the MBIs.

His defeat in 2007, in the elections in which he tried to defend his seat as an actual independent candidate rather than a pretend MBI one, demonstrated to me at first hand the sad truth that being a good councillor is not enough to ensure your re-election. Stewart alludes to this in his letter below.

For political people like the majority of readers of this blog, the points he makes may seem obvious, but clearly they do need to be made, and made often.

Changes need voting for

As someone who, like Paul Cockroft, has stood unsuccessfully in the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward - in which I was born - and which takes in the neighbouring communities of Thorpe and The Falls, I can undestand the points he makes.

I can fully understand even more the frustrations of those disgruntled residents living there.

I have attempted to represent this ward by presenting myself as one with some degree of honesty, a distinct lack of spin and as one who will not court publicity but, it doesn't work.

The voting public seem unable to make a change - possibly for the better - so things remain the same, as Mr Langley and Ms Hartley in Thorpe and Mrs Hill in The Falls point out.

This ward, as Mr Cockroft points out, has continued to return Labour councillors since its formation in June 2004.

The critical point for everyone to remember here is that of the four people who bother to turn out to vote, approximately just under two of those four votes go to Labour, the rest to other candidates across the political spectrum.

Those returned Labour candidates are quite happy with the status quo, they continue to draw their basic £14.7k allowance regardless of whether they do everything, or conversely, do nothing at all. And why should they worry, if people keep re-electing them?

I really do understand the frustrations of all these residents but, it is clear from historic voting patterns across the city that those who continue to vote are quite happy with the situation - and those who don't vote aren't happy - or more than likely don't even care!

Any future changes to current voting patterns can only be resolved by that 60 per cent of the voting public who continually never bother to vote - however you cannot force them to do so!

Stewart McArdle

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Turkey Assessment Group

Not everything that goes on in the European Parliament is inspired by political correctness, degeneracy, and treason.

Above is a flyer for a meeting, to be held tomorrow, of the Turkey Assessment group, a body that was established earlier this year and is chaired by Danish People's Party MEP Morten Messerschmidt.

This group continues to do some very good work outlining the arguments against allowing Turkey to join the EU.

Their last meeting focussed on the destruction of the Christian cultural heritage and Byzantine art in the occupied areas of Cyprus, an issue that was also the subject of a display in the European Parliament that Eurocrats attempted to get cancelled recently.

The inaugural meeting of the Turkey Assessment Group was addressed by the journalist Robert Ellis and an excellent article based on that speech can be viewed on the New Europe website.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

New Film of Brussels-Waterloo Trip

Here is a nice short film featuring some highlights of the hugely successful trip to Brussels for party activists and community volunteers that my fellow parliamentary assistant Eddy Butler and I organised back in October.

This should give people a better insight into what these trips entail.

My original article regarding this trip can be viewed here.